Police auctions have the potential to be invaluable resources but accurate auction information has remained largely inaccessible. Detailed listings are hard to find and rarely updated; once the auction information is posted, dates, times, and locations are often missing from the listings provided. Also, many of the auctions listed have online auctions the are open to the public.
Our mission is delivering accurate auction information to motivated buyers. Accurate and up-to-date auction information is essential to the buying potential of the auctions. We do not operate the auctions listed on this site, but only present them for informational purposes.
What is a Police Auction?
Police auctions have been a fairly common practice for law enforcement. As items are seized, confiscated, and accumulated, police departments turn to auctions to sell the items seized. The merchandise typically bought and sold ranges from electronics and household items to cars, trucks, and SUV’s. In many cases, obsolete police cars and equipment are bought and sold as well. Police auctions have become an excellent resource not only for buyers looking for a bargain, but for also for buyers looking to buy items to sell for a profit; the winning bids are often well below retail value. Although the common perception is that the merchandise sold at police auctions is damaged or unusable, many of the items are in perfect working condition. If buyers are able to view a listing of the inventory before the date of the auction, many will research the items to be sold in advance in an effort to minimize poor buying decisions. Police Auctions USA has committed to providing the information needed in real time so buyers can research items before they are auctioned.
Who Can Attend Police Auctions?
Anyone can attend a police auction. While much of the information regarding police auctions varies between the police departments and there may be requirements for the purchase of specific items, most auctions do not have age restrictions or criminal background requirements for attendees.
Do the cars at the auction run and drive?
This can vary greatly from car to car. Sometimes, they were driven daily before they were seized — while sometimes they are abandoned vehicles that sit for a very long time.
Are the cars wrecked?
There could be some body damage, but typically, police auctions and impound tow auctions do not include vehicles with salvage titles.
Where do the cars and trucks at the Auto Auctions come from?
They come from a variety or sources, including: tow impounds, police seizures, old police cars, government fleet surplus, dealer trade-ins, bank repos, abandoned vehicles, and many more.
In most cases, the person or persons from whom the items were confiscated are permitted to attend and bid directly on the items that were confiscated. This provides a great opportunity to reclaim personal items and heirlooms that may have sentimental value.
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If you’ve never attended a police auction, you’re missing out on massive savings on quality items. Not every item will fit your needs but if you’re looking for massive savings and you’re interested in the auctions coming to your area, browse our directory.